13th July 2020

WEEKEND UPDATE - 13/07/2020

Allianz Park Throws Fest, Hendon, 11 July

As competitions in the UK once again move closer to normal, there were PBs aplenty as throwers returned to the circle in Hendon at the weekend.

Scott Lincoln (coach: Paul Wilson; club: City of York) was one of those who returned with a bang, notching a two centimetre personal best of 20.41m, moving to within a couple of centimetres of sixth spot on the all-time British rankings. Three of Lincoln’s series of six also cleared the 20m mark, but his best effort moves him to within 70cm of the coveted Olympic standard and maintains his place at the top of the British rankings.

2018 European U18 shot put finalist Serena Vincent (Bronwin Carter; City of Portsmouth) also improved 19cm on her shot put lifetime best, owed to a 15.66m effort that moves her up to seventh on the all-time British Under-20 rankings as she took first place in the women’s A section, with Holly Mills (Laura Turner-Alleyne; Andover) winning the B section with an 11.16m best effort.

Back in a circle in the UK for the first time in over a year, Jake Norris (Paul Dickenson; Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) produced his best throw for nearly two years with the hammer, winning courtesy of his 71.60m effort that places him fourth on the British rankings this year.

In the discus, Jade Lally (Zane Duquemin; Shaftesbury Barnet) continued her return to form following the birth of her son last year, with a season’s best of 56.10m for victory, edging Kirsty Law (Zane Duquemin; Inverness) into second, her best 55.32m effort.



Nuneaton England Athletics Pilot Event, Nuneaton, 12 July

British indoor 400m champion Jessie Knight (Marina Armstrong; WSEH) kicked off her outdoor season with an outdoor personal best over 400m of 51.9s in Warwickshire, a near one-and-a-half second improvement from her previous best of 53.47s, set back in 2017.

IAAF World Championship semi-finalist in the 400m hurdles Chris McAlister (Marina Armstrong; Thames Valley) also lowered his lifetime best for the 400m to 47.37s, a 0.03s improvement, while Efe Okoro (Tony Hadley; Birchfield) also lowered his 400m flat PB to 46.58s, his fastest clocking since 2014.

Results link to follow.


Guernsey Open Meeting, St Peter Port, Guernsey, 12 July

British Under-20 400m hurdles record holder and 2018 World Junior 4x400m bronze medallist Alastair Chalmers (Matt Elias; Guernsey) made his first outing of the 2020 season and moved himself up to fourth on the all-time British rankings for the rarely run 300m hurdles.

Chalmers blitzed the field, hitting the final barrier well ahead of nearest competitor Sam Wallbridge (Alex Currie; Guernsey), stopping the clock in 35.35s. The British of 34.48 belongs to Chris Rawlinson and has stood since 2002.